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 James Kreines





Department of Philosophy,
Claremont McKenna College

850 Columbia Ave
Claremont, CA 91711
Office: Roberts North 211
(909) 607-6845





Forthcoming June 2015.
Link to Oxford University Press
Link to Amazon
Information about the book and a recent symposium on the book at the Humboldt University, Berlin.


The Idea and the Absolute Idea in Hegel's Science of Logic. Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Hegel, 2015.

Kant and Hegel on Teleology and Life from the Perspective of Debates about Free Will, HTML or PDF, 2013 in The Freedom of Life, edited by Thomas Khurana, a third volume in the Freiheit und Gesetz series.

"Learning From Hegel What Philosophy is All About: For the Metaphysics of Reason; Against the Priority of Meaning" HTML or PDF, DRAFT, comments welcome, Verifiche - Rivista di Scienze Umane 2012

Kant on the Laws of Nature and the Limitations of our Knowledge. European Journal of Philosophy 2009 17 (4):527-558. Free final Draft.

Hegel: Metaphysics without Pre-Critical Monism. Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain 57/58 2008 pp. 48-70.  HTML or PDF

The Logic of Life: Hegel’s Philosophical Defense of Teleological Explanation in Biology. The Cambridge Companion to Hegel and Nineteenth-Century Philosophy, edited by F. Beiser. 2008. Free final draft.

Between The Bounds of Experience and Divine Intuition: Kant’s Epistemic Limits and Hegel’s Ambitions.  Inquiry 50:3 2007 306 - 334. Free final draft.

Hegel’s Metaphysics: Changing the Debate. Philosophy Compass. 1:5 (2006): 466-480. Free final draft.

The Inexplicability of Kant's Naturzweck: Kant on Teleology, Explanation and Biology. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 87:3 (2005): 270-311. Free final draft.

Hegel’s Critique of Pure Mechanism and the Philosophical Appeal of the Logic Project. European Journal of Philosophy 12:1 (2004): 38-74. Free final draft. (Note: this paper is being superseded by a new treatment of the same material in the book; feel free to email to check if the new treatment is currently stable enough to solicit comments.)

Other Work in Progress

"Kant on Unknowable Things in Themselves: A Neglected Path through the Minefield." (Will later be broken up into several long papers.)

"Reason in the World: Kant, Jacobi, and the Justification for Hegel’s Project." In progress.


Hegel’s Metaphysical Project: Neither Scientifically Outdated, Nor Vulnerable to Antirealist Critiques“. Tuesday, October 28th, at the University of Padua.

Author-Meets-Critics: Christopher Yeomans, Freedom and Reflection: Hegel and the Logic of Agency
9:00-Noon, Thurs Mar 28, 2013, Pacific APA
Critics: James Kreines (Claremont McKenna College) and Michael Quante (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)

Hegel on Holism, the Insubstantiality of Lawful Nature, and Dialectical Metaphysics. Università degli Studi di Padova Scuola di Dottorato di Ricerca in Filosofia. May 2011.

My paper on Redding: Analytic Philosophy and the Return of Hegelian Thought; Pacific APA, Vancouver, April 2009. Also see: Redding's response to Brandom and Kreines.

"Kant on the Laws of Nature and the Limitations of our Knowledge." Abstract. Presented at the Pacific Study Group of the North American Kant Society, UCLA.

"Hegel: Metaphysics without Pre-Critical Monism." Presented at the Hegel Society of Great Britain conference, St Edmund's Hall, Oxford: Hegel and the Phenomenology of Spirit. Sept 2007.